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100 years ago

Jan. 13, 1919: There are plans to build arches welcoming returning veterans on the courthouse grounds, and to list McLean County’s war dead on the arches. Today’s paper carries a list of the dead, as the planning committee has them, and asks for submissions of other names, if any.

75 years ago

Jan. 13, 1944: The White Room at the ISNU student union will soon reopen for use of students and alumni. It’s a historic room, where in 1874 the first college YWCA in the United States was organized. After renovation, the White Room will be open for use by campus religious groups.

50 years ago

Jan. 13, 1969: A spectacular night fire destroyed the administration building at Lincoln College. The 68-year-old structure housed an Abraham Lincoln and Civil War memorabilia collection in a vault. It’s not known yet if the vault survived, but everything else was lost.

25 years ago

Jan. 13, 1994: An ISU alumnus has been lured back to town to become assistant principal at BHS. Ken Kennedy of DeKalb replaces Kevin Sullivan, who left to become principal at Lockport Township High School. He starts Jan. 24.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.